Why do I waste so much? Why do I make so little out of what plenty I have been given? Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I am alone in this habit. I was reminded yesterday as I watching something on E:60 on ESPN about what it means to maximize one’s ability, resources and health. The show featured a segment on Brian Kajiyama. Brian is now a PHD student at the university of Hawaii. He serves as manager to the football at Hawaii and he did serve as a coach on the team. You say, so what, lots of folks do that. When Brian was a baby his lungs collapsed and he suffered brain damage which eventually led to cerebral palsy. The entire left side of his body is paralyzed and he can not talk. He uses a keypad with special voice software to type in what he wants to say and then a voice communicates it. He is confined to a wheelchair and has limited movement with his body in general. Yet here he is – PHD student, coach, manager, surfer (a friend puts him on the board and goes with him), regular guy. And oh yeah…inspiration. With his own drive, the help of friends and a positive attitude, Brian has accomplished so much and will continue to do so. He has maximized and will continue ot maximize his life.
I watched and I cried. I am ashamed of all I have and all I have been given and what I have yielded. Sure I have been able to get some stuff done and achieve some things. But often along the way as the stuff does get don, I gripe, complain, want more handouts, and wonder why can’t even better things happen to me. Yet, do I maximize all that I have or do I squander some of its potential. I want to make the most of the cards I have been dealt and not squander my blessings and opportunities.
Let me encourage you to check out Brian’s story. You will also be inspired by one the past coaches for Hawaii who reached out to Brian and befriended him. A cool story of loving someone who is not like you. It challenges us all to consider what kind of person we are and how well are we growing into what we could possibly be. Thanks Brian for the motivation!